Monthly Archives: August 2017

Earth 2017: Its Legacy

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What if Mr Kim-Jon Un’s greatest legacy, that would impact on his country for generations to come, is not destructive, it is growth?

Looking skywards and looking towards the Moon, where the West has postulated about building, without tangible result, our planet needs to discover its mineral properties and establish people on the Moon.  Maybe in an adapted spacestation.

It seems now that there is a possible new fuel to be taken from uranium dumps around the world.  North Korea’s Engineers have shown themselves to be adaptable by fitting a nuclear warhead to ICBM.  They will be able to build a station on the Moon.  The other day, there was some small announcement about possible water at its equivalent of Arctic and Antarctic.

The West’s position is to share, to keep peace for 70 years.  Will we ever learn that all countries do not think American or English or the EU? What if the first men living on the moon could be Korean?

Then in 20 years, if there is a global threat, Earth would be better able to protect itself.

LucyLou

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The Honour of Ceremonies & In Praise Of Diplomats

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It is very tempting when travelling abroad to praise your ultimate destination a little too much, especially when your speeches are honoured, rather than criticised at every turn, as  at home.

Our diplomats from the Foreign Office etc., are with Mrs May in Japan this week, to advise on different customs and beliefs.  It is a brave leader who listens to experienced advisors and accepts that every statement could be ambushed by the less well-meaning.

Mrs May was invited to a Tea Ceremony, a high honour.  She was probably smiling and polite throughout, but that is not what the media chose to portray.

Yet we have other allies in Asia, notably China, who sends hundreds of pre-paying students to our blue-chip universities every year.  On graduation, they are much more fluent in English than at the start and go on to prodigiously contribute to our national economy.

I may well be missing something here, but I do not understand why Japan should be involved in Brexit.  The only thing that springs to mind is that Japan has freedom of the Customs Union when dealing with the EU.  We would do well to copy them, imitation being the sincerest form of flattery.

LucyLou

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What happens when you bump into something? It hurts and results in a bruise.

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What happens when you touch a bruise?

Every time you touch, it hurts and then you start recalling the badness that went with it.

A bruise is the past.

Some people are addicted to touching their bruises, like our constant recalling of the Second World War.  We have fought in 30 wars since and are known for pitching into any war; just call us.

Only this time we have not yet been asked.  How silly is that?  We are not going to be asked for help by America, one of the biggest countries on the planet.  President Trump knows that if we do not.  We are seen as a tiny island.  Only suddenly we are strategically placed in the middle of the Earth between Russia and America.

Tit for tat: offer the British bridge-builders into Afghanistan and the Americans will leave their airforce bases to protect us.  Hogwash.  The Americans win both ways.  Mrs May will have to stop listening to the Generals and bring in experienced Intelligence Officers. The Army  has done as it wants in those 30 wars and has lost the habit of listening.

It is becoming apparent that leaving the EU may not have been a good idea after all.  Britain could have been under protection from Europe if anyone practised nuclear bombing.

And we also seem to have negated NATO, our allied defence organization, which has served us very well by keeping peace in the West for 70 years.

I would say that we are in quite a lamentable hole right now politically and economically and it is time to ask the whole country to pull together to get us out of it.Unfortunately politicians will be asking a population, struck by workers: 2 for the price of 1, as those who have jobs are doing the work of two workers.  Their families are being taken off welfare benefits and they are often exhausted.

Politicians are lamentably unable to envisage consequences to their actions.  This is because they have sacked civilian advisers in every department of the Civil Service.  There are also political experts in the Commons, who are waiting to be asked.  Maybe they ought to put themselves forward, whatever political hue.

We are not at anyone else’s beck and call.  Unfortunately we may have given that impression.

Bridge-builders, an easygoing nature and Intelligence.  Everything is up for grabs.  We may have our best ever bargaining position, right now.

I still think that Americans over here must mothball their operations or disseminate them locally. Instead of jumping into every war, let us ask us what will be the consequence?

Late Sunday afternoon in Eastbourne haze drifted into East Sussex from the East, i.e., from the English Channel.  The beaches were cleared at Eastbourne and hundreds of people went to hospital complaining of streaming eyes, irritated throats and some breathing problems for those with underlying conditions. Speculations such as a tanker flushing its tanks illegally or a long-buried shell that mixed with seawater and gave off a smell of burnt plastic.  Unlikely.

A more substantial theory came from algae that had drifted en masse into the Channel and bloomed all at once. I feel like I am writing a James Bond film or natural catastrophe.   Hopefully the Police will investigate it properly as we do not want repercussions.

It is the time to show other nations our strengths.  Is this incident, bullying?  Do ‘x’ or else? East Sussex is a particularly beautiful part of Britain. We will not stand for its desecration. It does not mean that we want another war. Peace be with you.

LucyLou

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SAS May Go Into Afghanistan

Is it surprising that the Taliban has clawed its way back into  “every town and village” (The Sunday Times 27/08/2017)?

The problem with the Taliban is that it is insidious and creeps into the mind of men.  It makes them think that joy and laughter should be prohibited outside of the house and sometimes within it as well.  This shutters young lives and shatters others.

The Taliban represents an ideology and it is that which is difficult to eradicate.  But education for both girls and boys is a way out of serfdom, the sum of women’s lives once the Taliban assert themselves.

It is therefore ironic that a largely male force will be sent into Afghanistan to help free the lives of women.

It is also true that British soldiers, certainly, are known for helping civilians.  There also needs to be ideological help given from allied sources in the Middle East, who  may best be able to communicate.  It is right to want a different life and it is also right to want help to do it.

Can we help them to technology?  If a tribesman in South Africa can set up a bank account on a mobile, then Afghans could do the same in their marketplaces.  It gives individuals freedom and with that better lives for themselves and their children. Simple solutions often work.

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North Korea’s Dictator Kim Jon I Threatens Britain

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Look at this threat to our national security from Kim Jon I’s,(President of North Korea since 2011) point of view.

He made a threat against the Pacific island of Guam, where America has military bases, but America called his bluff.

Then someone had a much better idea.  Kim Jon I could send a nuclear warhead, fitted to an intercontinental ballistic missile, to Britain and hit two birds with one stone.  He would obliterate Britain and annihilate several American airforce bases at the same time.  No-one would ever be able to prove that his target was not really the UK.  It just happened to be conveniently placed for least damage to America or North Korea.

To provide a smokescreen, North Korea also threatened Australia.  Bombing them would be pointless as they are known for friendliness rather than as combatants, although they did very well by us in both World Wars.

Of course the drills are provocative!  What would anyone think if military exercises were conducted every year near their borders?  Those who insist they are not provocative, are treading water.

We need to make an end here to protect our own island.  Actually, if I were President Macron, I might make a call to Mrs May to mention that the French were not keen to have a resulting gaseous cloud blow over ‘la belle France’.  Likewise, the Netherlands,Belgium, Germany, Denmark and Scandinavia.

We must acknowledge, even if only to ourselves, that there is no chance of America coming to our rescue.  Donald Trump is more likely to push the red button just to see what would happen to North Korea. The few American servicemen over here would have to be expendable for the greater good.  Alternatively, they could go home.

Maybe the Japanese could get involved in diplomacy between America and North Korea?  They know best of how to deal with the after-effects of a nuclear bomb, although it may be unmentionable.  Interestingly I have just read in ‘The Daily Telegraph online’ that Mrs May is due to visit Japan next week.  Please have our finest diplomats go with her, although her hands-off style may chime with the Japanese’ exquisite politeness.

Firstly, relieve the few British servicemen who are taking part, even as onlookers, in the so-called Ulchi Freedom Guardian Drills. Also, please relieve every other nation which neither has borders nor is geographically close to North Korea. We can direct our Ambassadors to South Korea to use diplomatic means to demonstrate our objection to being pawns.

There is no loss of face to stand our forces down; it is a brave leader’s action. Mrs May has guts.

Unfortunately, Mr Trump along with an extraordinary number of his countrymen, believes that America rules the world. The US bases here are on so-called US soil.  Better change that law quickly and silently; it is 70 years out-of-date.

As a first-world country, we must have a say in what happens to us.

Mr Trump is more  likely to use a hammer to crack a nut, by twittering:

“ Oh dear,  stiff upper lip, Reginald. You give us something,we give you something. We will look after you.

Our response: would old air-raid shelters do as protection against the end of the world?

If Mr Trump objects to having his will thwarted, there must be an ancient law to throw recalcitrant visitors into the Tower of London. There is plenty of space.

Let’s hope we’re still here next week. Unfortunately this is not a joke; the threat is real.

LucyLou

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Petrol Or Electric – Fuel Payments After 2040

The UK  Carmakers Association looked wrong-footed when the government announced that there would be no more petrol cars after 2040.  Labour did not crow as much as expected, but it was just the timing of the announcement which surprised the car manufacturers.  And it really is exactly the sort of move Tony Blair’s Cabinet would have made.  He was accused on the invasion of Iraq of not thinking things through.

What happened to ThinkTanks? Or will Theresa May refuse to listen, as she knows best?  Labour has gone back to the Trade Unions for support.  I hope their members profit.

Michael Bradley, Chairman of the Australian Automobile Association thinks that electric cars will be slow to be purchased because of the large distances people routinely travel.  It is called “range anxiety”.

Some parts of Australia are already ahead.  The Queensland government has just launched its first “electric super highway”, which is 1600 km dotted with super-fast charging stations along its route.  Electric car drivers will be able to drive from North Queensland to the border of New South Wales, when it is complete in five months’ time, (credit ‘The Guardian’ newspaper 20/7/2017).

My idea is this:

To solve the concern about whether your car will reach the next charging station in time,

  • Satellites could sell as much electric charge as the customer wants. They input their card details or use a pre-payment card easily bought from neighbourhood corner shops. The satellite would read the card and beam down the bought amount of electrical charge.
  • Payment platforms are accessible by mobile phones. It is just another jump for those phones to access a payment platform in a satellite.

Or something on these lines?

Come on, carmakers, you have a great opportunity here.  Let’s discuss.  If you know someone already thinking on these lines, feel free to comment.

Have a good week.

LucyLou

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Brexit Unravels Due To Lack Of Planning

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Theresa May suddenly realised the scope and the detail of Brexit when she attended the G20 Summit on 7-8 July 2017 in Hamburg, Germany.  Up until then, she seems to have thought that she could manage it all by herself.  Her sacked Aides were known for their arrogance.  Has it masked ignorance?

In an effort to delegate policy of how to leave Europe she asked Chancellor Phillip Hammond and Brexit Secretary David Davis.  However they argued over the detail, in public. Mr Hammond wanted a gradual exit to cushion the economy and Mr Davis stated also in public that the UK would leave the EU and Customs Union in March 2019.  She must have wanted to wring their necks.

Now the Gove, that elusive but confused chameleon has made the fundamental mistake of a Company Director out of his depth.  In February we all lauded settling of the EU Fishing Policy where we would have a 200-mile band around our coastline for us to fish alone.  (That does beg the question of our 22-mile barrier with France and does that mean we can fish 200 miles inland on their lakes?)

Of course a 200-mile barrier is daft in the North Sea but M. Gove told the Danes that they could fish in UK waters.  His office said it was about how near the British coast can they fish?  M.Gove sees this as a freedom.  When we all thought the fisheries policy was mainly settled, why must he muddy the waters?  The translation of the Danish meeting was made by a Scottish MP.

The tragedy for other policies is that during the 14 months after the UK voted to leave the EU, there was no plan made.  Theresa May’s boorish aides stamped down on discussion and were known for their arrogance.

Where are the female MP’s?  Women are just as good at arguing as their male counterparts and could spell triumph instead of the disaster we seem to be rumbling towards.

And whose stupid idea is it to leave the Customs Union? I remember 25 years ago in France, outside any Customs Union, having to stand up for the British government who refused to accept French lamb in retaliation for the French ban on our beef.   Please, we do not need repetitions of this childish apolitical behaviour.

We need a plan for each Department of Government and sharpish.  Is anyone listening?

LucyLou

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